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Shital factory collapse: Kin of deceased await govt compensation

Relatives of workers killed in Shital Fibres factory building collapse on April 15 are yet to receive the compensation announced by the Punjab government, even as two months have passed since the tragedy. The state government had announced compensation of Rs 3 lakh each to the relatives of the 23 deceased workers.

punjab Updated: Jun 14, 2012 21:15 IST
Sachin Sharma

Relatives of workers killed in Shital Fibres factory building collapse on April 15 are yet to receive the compensation announced by the Punjab government. The state government had announced compensation of Rs 3 lakh each to the relatives of the 23 deceased workers.

The district administration is yet to identify the legal heirs of the deceased to whom the compensation has to be awarded and the process is proceeding at a very snail's pace.
Ram Prakash (30), who lost two brothers Jai Prakash and Shiv Shankar, said the family had not received any compensation.

After the incident, he decided to return to his native place in Ara district of Bihar. "Before leaving for Bihar, I had demanded compensation, but was told that the process will take some time.
No official from the authorities in Jalandhar has contacted us," he told HT over phone.

Pun Pun Ketri (34), who lost his younger brother Ram Lal Ketri (23), said no one from the government had contacted him. He worked in the same factory, but was not on duty when the building collapsed.

"I left the factory and returned to Bihar to participate in religious rituals pertaining to my dead brother. I will visit the city soon in search of a job," he said.

Additional deputy commissioner (general) Puneet Bhardwaj said the district administration had written to the district magistrates of the districts from where the workers hailed for verification of legal heirs of the deceased.

"Before distributing compensation, it must be ensured that the amount goes to the actual legal heir of the worker. The administration has to identify them through the DM concerned," he said.

Besides leaving 23 dead, 64 workers were rescued from the rubble of the building by a team comprising personnel from the National Disaster Response Force, military and volunteers of Dera Sacha Sauda, in a week-long rescue operation.


No trace of missing worker

There is still no trace of a worker Radhey Mohan, who had gone missing after the incident. His wife Chandrawati is struggling to trace Mohan.

She had approached the city police, following which assistant commissioner of police (north) Balkar Singh was assigned to inquire into her complaint. He was supposed to inquire if the said worker was present in the building at the time of its collapse or not. However, there has been no headway in the inquiry.

When contacted, the ACP said that he was busy in election duty for the polls, so he could not look in to the case and would inquire into the matter now.